Top Thai lizard poacher arrested (18-2-2011)

ONE of Thailand’s most prolific lizard poachers has been arrested with hundreds of water monitor lizards destined for Chinese dinner plates, authorities say.

More than 200 reptiles were discovered in water-filled tanks in Boonlue Prasitsom’s warehouse in Ang Thong province, central Thailand, during a morning raid by Thai Nature Crime Police.

“At first we didn’t expect to find so many lizards, but it turned out to be a lot. He is one of Thailand’s main lizard poachers,” inspector Kiattisak Bamrungsawat, deputy commander of the wildlife force told AFP on Thursday.

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Malayan Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), hea เหี้ย (Thai), Common Water Monitor, Two-banded Monitor, No-Mark Lizard

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